Yesterday was the last day of the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, and I found that I had not only won an honorable mention, I had won an honorable mention for the picture of Luna and a merit award for the picture of Brownie! The merit award was sponsored by Bill Tondreau, an amazing nature photographer. You can see some of his photos here. His photos are taken in Albuquerque and surrounding areas, such as Corrales, Placitas, and the Sandia Mountains. We got to meet him yesterday at his booth, as he was selling his photographs. Thank you, Bill!
I am exhibiting in the Youth Exhibit of the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair! As I am part of the Youth Exhibit, I can only exhibit two pieces, so I chose to put up for sale a picture of Brownie and a picture of Luna. All the pieces in the Youth Exhibit were judged today, and I won honorable mention! The fair ends this Sunday, June 28, so if you are in the Albuquerque area, stop by! My grandpa is also exhibiting his nature photos, so take a look at those too!
Here is my weekly Feathers on Friday post for June 26, 2015. This week's Feathers on Friday bird is an Osprey at Shady Lakes taken a few months ago.
I have been making some pretty nice bird feeders; all made out of 100% recycled materials. I have included two of my favorites here.
Cereal Box Feeder
What you need:
A cardboard cereal box
Tape (Scotch or masking)
Bird seed (I use a regular mix to fill mine)
What to do:
1. This may be one of the simplest bird feeders to make. First, lay the cereal box on the ground or on a table. Take your scissors and cut a square on the top (or what would be the side if the box was standing upright).
2. Your feeder is finished! Throw the square you cut out in the recycle. Seal the ends of the feeder with tape so the seed doesn't spill out. Fill it with bird seed, set it on the ground, and watch the birds come. If you wish, you could also hang it from a tree using string or wire.
This feeder attracts:
Doves, towhees, sparrows, juncos, jays, and finches. If they live where you live, and if you're lucky, you might also get grouse, turkeys, and other game birds at this feeder.
Cardboard Box Feeder
What you need:
A cardboard box, about 10 x 8"
Bird seed (I use a regular mix or sunflower seed)
What to do:
1. Using your scissors, cut a square on each side of the cardboard box, except the top and bottom, of course.
2. If your cardboard is thin enough, use a hole puncher for this step. If not, use your scissors. Punch or cut two holes across from each other on two sides of the box.
3. Thread a length of wire through the holes so that the feeder hangs evenly. Fill with bird seed and hang from a tree.
This feeder attracts:
Doves, sparrows, finches, jays, grosbeaks, cardinals, and more.
Sorry I didn't post Feathers on Friday last week; as I've said, I have a very busy schedule during the summer. This is kind of like What Bird Wednesday/Feathers on Friday, because I'm really not sure what this bird is. It was taken in our backyard about a month ago. I thought it might be a Yellow Warbler but I didn't see any streaks on the breast. If anybody can identify it, that would be much appreciated!
Summer isn't quite here yet, but the summer birds are! We have been seeing a large number of bird species in our backyard this June. Unfortunately I don't have many pictures, but here is the list!
Summer Birds in Our Backyard, June:
...and I'm hoping for a Western Kingbird!
What summer birds are you seeing in your yard? Let me know in the comments!
I have had very few guesses on my recent What Bird Wednesdays, but last week's bird was a Dark-eyed Junco, as Josiah and William guessed. This week's is a text description instead of a photo.
This medium-sized shorebird has moderately long legs and neck and a medium-length bill. They have a bold white eyering, a barred tail, a dark olive back with white spots, and it frequently bobs its head. The juvenile birds look like the adults. Look for them in winter across South America, Central America, and Mexico, migration across the eastern and central U.S., and summer in Canada and Alaska. They can be found in marshes, ponds, streams, mudflats, flooded ditches and fields, and taiga. Know what this bird is? Even if you don't, take a guess and leave it in the comments below.
Other What Bird Wednesday posts:
Birds in Your Backyard
Finally I am getting a post out! This post is just some cute pictures of Luna and Brownie. Enjoy!
Here is my weekly Feathers on Friday post for June 5, 2015. Sorry I haven't been getting out the every three to five day posts like I promised. I'm taking a summer program this summer, so I have been very busy, plus I'm on the competitive gymnastics team. But I'm hoping to get a post about cats out tomorrow.
So, this week's Feathers on Friday bird is a Canada Goose taken at Shady Lakes about one or two months ago.
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